Astor Kensington Hostel, Bayswater
Set in a Georgian townhouse, this hostel already feels special just from the outside. Step indoors, and you’ll find large rooms that are a cut above the average, with calming, sky-blue walls, large windows and well-spaced red bunk beds. Bathrooms are sleek and modern, and everything is immaculate enough to convert even the most reluctant hostel guest. The communal lounge and kitchen allow the chance to meet fellow travellers over a drink or a meal, and the breakfast provided each morning is great value. With Hyde Park practically on your doorstep and Kensington Palace a short stroll away, you are in prime royal-spotting territory. Bayswater station is a short walk from the property, where the Circle and District lines can shoot you around most of Central London.